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Musings 2006/206


The Church is considering the matter of Limbo. There are internet rumours that She will decide that Limbo no longer exists.
I do
not believe that this will happen.
For centuries - perhaps even from the beginning, 2,000 years ago - The Church has been of the opinion that Limbo does exist and, although it has not been a Dogma of The Church, it has been rather taken for granted, one way or another.
On the contrary, I think The Church will be looking at the seeming difficulties encountered by the fact that Limbo exists, bearing in mind the supreme Mercy of God.
It seems a hard thing to condemn, for example, an unborn child to a place that is neither Heaven or hell, even if it be a place of happiness.
Another difficulty is that it has been promoted that Limbo is an
eternal place - that is, that the soul placed there will be there forever.
This, in my view, is not a difficulty at all for I contend that a great number of souls in Limbo before Christ's coming upon earth, were released into Heaven upon His Crucifixion (refer
That being the case, then it is evident that
it is possible for souls to depart that place of happiness.
While it would remain true that souls in Limbo would be there forever, as taught by The Church, it might well be

that that is a
conditional situation.

Purgatory, on the other hand, is a place where souls will be released in due course, gaining Eternal-life. As their certain healing and cleansing is perfected, they draw closer to The Divine Vision.
This is not the case with Limbo, release from which is not a certain thing - not automatic over a period.

In that case,
Limbo would be everlasting.

However, it seems to me that this is conditional and relies completely on the prayers of The Church on earth.
It has to be thus, because if the conditional release of souls form Limbo related to the prayers of the Holy Souls in Purgatory or the Saints and Angels in Heaven, then these souls  would indeed be assured of an automatic release from their plight. It would then, not be considered
That, as I mentioned in 2005/199 Musings, leaves only The Church on earth, The Church Militant.
It is not just this evil era in which children and the unborn have been massacred (those whose souls were incapable of the mortal offence that would bring them hell-fire, but were never baptised).
Such atrocities have been occurring long before Christ and even during Christ's first years on earth when Herod sought His Life.
That being the case, then

the pre-Christian prayer for the dead
would have definitely included
all such little innocents.

Therefore if the Book of Machabees (2) can be used to prove the existence of Purgatory - and of course it can - then those passages can also be used to prove the existence of Limbo.
P  46  12  43  And making a gathering, he sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem

for sacrifice to be offered
for the sins of the dead,

thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection,
46  12  44  (For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead,)
46  12  45  And because he considered that

they who had fallen asleep
with godliness,

had great grace laid up for them.
46  12  46  It is therefore
a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins. P
While the passages can be linked to the sins of the dead (i.e. the souls in Purgatory) surely that does not exclude innocents who have died without sin (the souls in Limbo) and the words,

because he considered
that they who had fallen asleep
with godliness

must suggest that the innocents may also be relieved, albeit by a different avenue.
As well, when Scripture says that they may be loosed from sins could not this include Original Sin?
It is therefore my opinion that The Church has no difficulty with defining  Limbo as Dogma but wishes to understand its properties with regard to The Mercy of God, and the proposed permanence of Limbo.

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